I accidently emailed the guy who had proposed and he told me what happened and asked me to post this for him as he had lost his password to get back onto the site.
We had bad weather for the first couple of days so it was a rough ride. I went and spoke to a guy doing all the seating arrangements for dinner and got all 12 of our family at the big table in the center of the Windward dining room. I also told him I needed help with the arrangements so he told me to talk to the maidre de (sp?) . During the first nights dinner a guy came to the table with the maidre de and told him I needed help with arrangements in front of everybody! I figured everything was ruined but I think he knew by the look on my face that they goofed up. Luckily I played it off with my girlfriend by saying that I was doing something for the four b-days and anniversary we were celebrating that week. I needed to talk to the maidre de alone but was never able to get away to do it so I started thinking I would propose alone on our balcony before the formal dinner. Luckily my ,other and sister found the maidre de and set something up for me and they gave him the ring. I really didn't know what he was going to do or when. I was nervous throught the whole dinner and couldn't really eat. The rough plan was to have the ring brought out during dessert on a silver platter. When dessert came and the ring didn't I really got nervous! Finally I saw him walk through the room with a plate with the ring on top. He walked up behind her and told her he had something special for her and then set in down on the table. He had written on the plate, " Will you marry me" with the ring in the box sitting on the plate. It took her a second to read it and realize what was going on. All she could say is of course she would. It was very cool although not exactly what I had in mind.
OK, I'm back. I somehow lost my password so I had to start over with a new one. I have been following the posts here but haven't replied to any in quite awhile.
The proposal went well and I am now engaged. My fiance is fantastic and things couldn't be better. Sometimes I can't believe things ended up this way. Maybe sometime I'll tell how we met and how we got to this point. It's a very interesting story. But anyways back to the topic.
I can't think of much more to say about the proposal than what was already posted. It was scary trying to get everything worked out and then when the maidre de came to the table to talk about it with her right there! I nearly passed out. He was given the wrong info so I can't blame him.
It ended up a little different but came out great in the end. My mother won a free cruise for up to 17 days while we were there. Talk about lucky.
My only gripes during the trip were the weather (the ship was rocking badly due to rough seas) and the rude people and kids running wild.
I ran into alot of very rude arrogant people on this cruise. Some people thought they didn't need to wait in line for anything. Apparantly they owned the ship, I just didn't realize it.
Why do people bring children (toddlers up to teens) and then let them run loose with no supervision? It was wonderful that the parents could set them free for a week so that they could get a peaceful break from them. These kids terrorized everyone else on the ship. They were fighting, running and screaming like they were animals. I was very frustrated with many of them to the point I had to say something. I don't want to get into specifics but it was out of control. I hope the parents enjoyed themselves.
Other than that it was a nice trip, the ship is nice (not perfect) and worth trying once especially for the money we paid. I had a nice room with a balcony on Sky deck for less than half the price of the other ships.
Thanks for posting - we're glad to hear the proposal went well, even though it wasn't exactly what you had in mind! I'd love to hear the whole story of how you met and everything sometime too.
Check out the Gripes board and you'll see that you are not the only one who is upset about all the rude people on cruises! Although you were unfortunate to travel right in the middle of spring break. There are not quite as many unsupervised children running around during non-school-holiday times of the year.
Thanks for updating us, and congratulations!
Land Cruise, Britain and Belgium
Now posting as MichelleP.
I guess I'll tell the story how we met. I was married for 5 years. My wife had a horse that she wanted so bad but then decided to sell. I should have gotten the hint then but I didn't. She ended up selling the horse to a girl who lived an hour away but she kept the horse at a friend's down the road from me who was a horse trainer. One day my wife told me it was over and she was leaving. I was crushed and really didn't think things were bad enough for a divorce. Looking back now I should have seen it coming. Well, I started doing the bar scene and I really didn't think things were ever going to get better. One morning after being out all night my trainer friend stopped by and tried to convince me to come over today and meet the girl who bought my wifes horse, I never did see or talk to her at this point. I resisted because I really wasn't actively looking for anyone, I was just trying to get through the days. I did realize I wasn't going to meet anyone I wanted to be with in a bar. I agreed to go but insisted he not try to set us up. I had been with my wife since high school and didn't even know how to try and get a date. When she showed up I was definately interested, she was gorgeous. I still didn't know what to do though because I didn't believe in divorce and thought I should give it more time. We talked a little while she was there and then I left. My friend came by later and said that she asked a few questions about me so I thought maybe she was interested. He told me she would be there in the morning for the last time so I better be there if I wanted to ask her out. I went back and finally got the courage to ask her to go to dinner and she accepted. Things were wonderful, we hit it off immediately. I knew during the dinner that we were meant to be together. I am not a real religious person but I know that someone had a hand in the two of us meeting. She was ready to give up meeting someone because she has had such bad luck. She bought the horse since she couldn't find a man that treated her right. I thought I would never meet a girl my age who either wasn't married and didn't have kids. We are in our 30's. I thought for sure something had to be wrong with her to not be married already, she is wonderful. We have so much in common. We began dating immediately and before too long she moved in with me. Now I have that crazy horse back too! I got my divorce finalized several weeks before the cruise and I couldn't wait to propose. My ex-wife even came over and fed the horses for us while we were gone. I really believed I would be alone a long time and people told me that I would meet someone. I didn't believe them and then, right down the street she shows up. It was meant to be. I live in the country and she lived in a large city. We would have never crossed paths if it wasn't for an add on the internet for a horse.